April 7: The BJP’s candidate for Tamluk, Badsha Alam, was beaten up with sticks by suspected Trinamul workers while he was addressing a rally in a Haldia village last evening.
Alam, who along with his brother Lalu was expelled from the CPM in 1992 for their alleged involvement in an assault on Mamata Banerjee, then the Youth Congress president, suffered injuries to his head and arms.
Trinamul denied involvement in the attack on Alam.
The 62-year-old BJP candidate said from his hospital bed that he was referring to the families of those killed in the 2007 Nandigram police firing when Trinamul workers passing the area in a procession attacked him.
“I said the Trinamul government was responsible for the delay in justice to the families of those killed in the Nandigram firing. The ruling party workers passing the area accused me of being a CPM agent and asked me to leave. When our workers protested, around 30 Trinamul activists beat us up with sticks.”
The BJP president of Haldia town committee, Manas Jana, has lodged a police complaint against the president of Trinamul’s Haldia town committee, Sadhan Jana, and seven others. The police have arrested a Trinamul supporter so far.
Asked about the allegation, Sadhan Jana said: “I was in Tamluk town and not in Haldia when the incident happened.”